Child visitation and sole custody
Sole custody is very rare. When a court believes that one parent is unfit, they may award the other both residential and legal custody. When one parent cannot be trusted and could pose a danger, the court will always protect the child. Sole custody can be granted for a number of reasons, including substance abuse, incarceration, history of violence, institutionalization, and more. The non-custodial parent may still have visitation rights. It is in the best interests of the child to have both parents in his or her life. If the troubled parent can start to make a comeback and better his or her life, they may be able to schedule supervised visits. In the best scenarios, parents cooperated so well that the once unfit parent became a positive force in a child’s life, even modifying custody arrangements. If you have lost physical and legal custody, our firm is here to help you retain your visitation rights.
What is an Order for Visitation?
If you need to request the court’s help in gaining access to a child with an established, ongoing, and positive relationship, requesting an Order for Visitation may be an option. It is important to know some facts about child visitation rights. Only certain family members can request the court’s intervention. Parents, grandparents, and siblings are the only people that can ask a court to grant an Order of Visitation. Unfortunately, stepparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, no matter how great the connection, cannot request an order. If you do fit the category, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney that can help you make an informed decision on the matter. If an Order of Visitation is the right next step, our firm is here to help.
Contact an experienced child visitation attorney in Suffolk County
If you are being denied access to a child because of a hostile custodial parent, contact our firm. We understand how important familial relationships are and we will fight for yours. For over 20 years, The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. has been a quality legal resource to clients across Long Island. Our firm will work tirelessly to represent your legal needs and protect your family. For a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.